Today, in Moscow, sits an eight story monument to the “cold war” and the black world of espionage, a monolith that cost the United States $23 million (more than $150 million in today’s dollars). In 1969, the Nixon Administration had signed an agreement with the Soviet Union that would provide two new “state of the art” embassies, an American consulate in Russia and a Soviet embassy in Washington DC. The American embassy in Moscow was to be the most elaborate and expensive testament to American wealth and power ever built. The US opted for an 85-year-lease on a 10-acre site within walking distance of both the Ambassador's residence and Soviet government buildings while the Soviets chose an elevated site, a hill overlooking Washington DC... tailor-made for espionage. Since the construction of our Moscow embassy (by Russian workers) the United States has spent more than twice the original cost in an attempt to de-bug the building and to figure out how the Soviets managed to transform the entire building into one gigantic listening device. Soviet construction crews had buried bugging devices everywhere, even in concrete and bricks, in what a 1987 Senate committee described as ''the most massive, sophisticated and skillfully executed bugging operation in history.'' US Intelligence has not revealed if they had hidden some little gremlins of their own in the Russian Embassy in DC. And during the years of Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev, tourism in the Soviet Union was limited. Khrushchev had instituted a Soviet travel agency that gave visitors to the USSR no choice about where to stay. Accommodations were arranged for them by Moscow in hotels that had been prepared with surveillance equipment to record their every move, depending, of course on their political status. Dossiers were compiled for future use and they were used, mostly for blackmail, to gain information and to acquire sensitive data.